Moonfleet

Moonfleet ★★★★

For a children's movie, this gets pretty heavy. Its fascination lies in the strict contrast between adults' and children's worlds, in the beautiful realization that children always want to believe the best of even the worst characters and this might actually end up changing them. That scene where Fox leaves John and walks toward the sea is one of my absolute favorite moments, heartbreaking and ambiguous. And of course, there is the whole history of unhappiness behind this town and Fox of which John is rather unaware. He senses and understands certain connections between Fox and his mother but the complexity of the situation, the weight of the past, is alien to him.